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The New England Kitchen of the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864. Lithograph of room in former Brooklyn Academy of Music Building on Montague Street or the adjacent building where the Women’s Relief Society held a sanitary fair 1864 to benefit the Union war effort.

Brooklyn Sanitary Fair - 1864 - exhibition of patriotism - participants dressed in period costumes to raise money

Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864, Knickerbocker Hall, poster | James W. Bollinger Collection | Iowa Digital Library

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Published by A. Brown & Co., NY, Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864, chromolithograph, 15 ¾ x 17 13/16 in., American Decorative Arts Purchase Fund, 1999.23.1

Rare doll from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection featuring an elaborate trousseau made by a woman named Eliza Lefferts and sold at the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair. During the Civil War, sanitary fairs were held to raise money for the war effort in major cities in the Northeast.

Sanitary Fair Excursion; 1864